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obama revealing his choice to be the next secretary of state today nominating senator john kerry to that job. many analysts had already called it washington's worst kept secret. if confirmed senator john kerry takes on a key role in the national security team during the second term. senator john kerry would replace the current secretary of state, hillary clinton, who will step down early next year. this afternoon, president obama calling senator kerry an exemplary public servant. >> we turn the page on a decade of war he knows we have to harness american power and ensure they work telling, diplomatic and development, economic and political, military and intelligence, as well as the power of our values which inspire so many people around the world. >>gregg: john kerry has chaired the senate foreign relations committee for six years after his failed presidential bid in 2004. wendell is like at the white house. any sign of a fight over senate confirmation or is this a foregone conclusion? >>reporter: you are right, it is a foregone conclusion. the senate is a close knit group and he
. the u.s. ambassador and three other americans died in the attack. the obama administration has been under fire for saying it was a spontaneous incident linked to a protest. intelligence officials later called it a terrorist attack. a lawmaker says there are indications several possible motivations. catherine is live on capitol hill. how are lawmakers reacting to the videos? >> a lawmaker telling fox after the brief that it was frustrating, it was tough to watch the videos because whether you call the consulate a diplomatic facility, or you call it something else, it is u.s. sovereign territory. when the terrorists or the mob gathered outside the consulate, some of them were armed, some not, there was no resistance. there was a small arms fire. they walked into the consulate grounds. lawmakers say the video show how some of them left with clothing or electronics and others torched the facility leading to the deaths from what we know of the united states ambassador. a was striking today is that a republican who is on the house of representatives intelligence committee telling fox ther
secretary leon panetta echoed a warning from president obama that if syria uses chemical weapons on its own people there will be consequences. jay there is no question -- >> there is no question that we remain very concerned, very concerned that as the opposition advances in particular on damascus that the raw -- the regime may consider the use of chemical weapons. the whole world is watching. >> you heard secretary panetta mention do damascus. that's the site of some of the latest deadly fighting which activists say has killed more than 40,000 people. james rosen is at the state department, and secretary clinton held some important meetings on the matter of syria. any progress? >> reporter: good afternoon. secretary clinton met with russia's top diplomat and with the special envoy to the syrian crisis who said nothing sensational came out of it. but clinton and the russian foreign minister did agree to try to find some, quote, creative ways to end the bloodshed. and it looks like russia's stedfast support for assad could be nearing its end. the influential russian lawmaker who is tight wit
in the attack. obama administration said it was a spontaneous event linked to a video. catherine herridge is live for us on capitol hill. there's been this back and forth now. even as much as a moment ago about when secretary of state hillary clinton will testify. what do you know? >> good to be with you. we've got a situation where two congressional committees are saying the secretary of state will testify on capitol hill today but a short time ago at a briefing there was a suggestion there could be a slide on the date because of a arb not being complete. >> the arb is continuing to do its work. to my knowledge it's not yet concluded its work. it decided to keep deliberations confidential until it's finished. our expectation is that after the arb reports to the secretary, then she will have consultations with congress. >> one of the key issues in this review is whether the state department has culpability for the deaths of four americans in benghazi. as fox reports based on the cable there was an emergency meeting in benghazi a month before the attack where the individuals on the ground,
decades. president obama cut his hawaii trip short arriving in washington early today. for now, the house of representatives is not in session but we've learned those lawmakers are set to return this weekend. today the senate majority leader, harry reid, says we've just about run out of time. >> if we go over the cliff, and that's where we're headed, mr. president, the house of representatives as we speak with four days left after today before the first of the year, aren't here with the speaker having told them they'll give them 48 hours notice. i can't imagine their consciences, out wherever they are around the country and we're here trying to get something done. >> we're awaiting reaction from the senate minority leader, mitch mcconnell. when that happens we'll go live to the senate floor but a spokesman for john boehner says senator reid should talk less and legislate more. the house passed legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff. senate democrats have not. if the president and lawmakers cannot reach a deal in the next five days, automatic tax hikes and major spending cuts are set to kic
elements and chemical weapons. that is horrible for israel. but, this is why president obama should not have come out so strongly and said assad must go. maybe civility would be better than the chaos we are seeing. >>shepard: the united states war ships are now positioned to spend to a planned rocket launch by the north koreans. officials say the rocket, if it works, could, in theory, carry a nuclear bomb to the united states. the latest on that stand off is next. washington insiders say it is up to president obama and the house speaker boehner to work out a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff what if they say we have a deal, wouldn't players on both sides, the tar right and the far left, be angry? would it make more sense to wait until the last minute and then tell us? could that be what is going on? >>shepard: north korea is reportedly planning a rocket launch. technical glitch forced officials to add an extra week to the take off window. they now report the launch will take place some time before december 29. officials claim they are trying to put a satellite in space but the united s
right off the fiscal cliff. take a live look at the white house where president obama called the top house and senate leaders from both parties to try and hammer out a deal avoiding the tax hikes and crippling spending cuts. remember analysts say falling off the fiscal cliff could drive the u.s. into another recession. more than a month has passed since the last time they got together. the obama administration called that mid another meeting constructive but there has been little to no progress. today lawmakers on both sides of the aisle tried to strike an optimistic tone. >> millions of americans are out there struggling and certainly they deserve a congress that will avoid going over the fiscal cliff, which is why the president has been working hard to bring leaders together. >> we can't continue to kick the can down the road with half measures. i think the market will respond in a permanent and negative way to our inaction. >> the chairman of the senate finance committee says it comes down to this meeting adding i wish them luck. it would be a great new year's present for the coun
of the obama white house specifically is that assad, having failed to stop the two year uprising using conventional military means and having killed an estimated 40,000 people in the process, could now turn to weapons of mass destruction. >>shepard: a valid concern according to the monitors but a problem is the weapons are dangerous for more than just the assad >>reporter: the syrian force whose have access to the weapons and weapons components have the benefit of advanced training monday handling them properly. the czech republic represents interests in syria since we evacuated our embassy, and the czech foreign minister who hosted hillary clinton in prague warned that one of the rebel groups in syria could obtain the chemical weapons and he called that "a danger" as well. defense secretary panetta spoke in september about increased activity being discerned at the same sites. >>shepard: and now the managing director for the washington institute, michael singh. the moving of the weapons, we have discussed this before, is a problem. >>guest: sear -- syria has the chemical capable missil
chemical weapon sarin gas. the obama administration has repeatedly wanted if president bashar al-assad of syria uses those weapons there will be consequences. and conor is in the middle east bureau but, first, jennifer, anything to lead us to believe there should be hope following the meeting with secretary of state, hillary clinton? >>reporter: initial assessments are downbeat about resolving the conflict. secretary clinton and the russian foreign minister downplayed expectations of a breakthrough. the leaked intelligence reports of chemical agents being mixed for use by the assad regime come on the eve of a crucial meeting of the friends of syria in morocco. secretary of state clinton will be there and wants to unite international response as rebels push toward the capital. assad's fall is looking imminent. syrian officials accuse the west of looking for a pretext to intervene. no international flights have been allowed to land at damascus airport for a week. >>shepard: what is the pentagon doing? are they preparing for the possible of intervention? >>reporter: they are activel
: the news begins anew on "studio b" today. president obama moments ago taking the stage to say a deal on the fiscal cliff is in sight but no compromise so exactly where do we stand in what does it mean for your war let? secretary of state, hillary clinton, in the hospital, with a blood clot week after reportedly sustaining a condition cushion in a fall. we will have the latest on that coming up. al qaeda group in yemen offering a huge reward to anyone who kills the u.s. ambassador to that country. that's all ahead unless breaking news changes everything. this is "studio b." >> first from fox at 3:00, president obama says congress is close to striking an 11 the hour deal to keep our nation from plunging off the fiscal cliff but he says the two sides still have ground to cover and the time is running out. that one-two punch that will kick in, hours from now, on january 1, and if the president and congressional lawmakers cannot hash it out, the united states could fall into another recession. here is part of the framework for the agreement. the bush tax cuts would expire for incomes abov
leaked to the reuters news agency that on president obama's short list for defense secretary is the republican, former republican senator, chuck hagel. it is interesting that, today, the white house is doing some leaking to news agencies. reuters cited an administration official, that is all we know, but chuck hagel is on the short list. and the white house says reuters and us plans to announce the new defense secretary and secretary of state, some time over the next two weeks. >> too little, too late; president obama's response to the g.o.p. plan to avoid the cliffally. in an interview with blomberg tv the president said there is not enough time to pull off the republican's proposal that overhauls the tax system and entitlements at tate days from going over the fiscal cliff which is called the series of spending cuts and expiring tax breaks which would be an economic disaster. the sticking point is the call for higher taxes for families, higher taxes on amounts earned above $250,000. everyone gets the tax cut, the first $250,000 is not taxable only but that. the president sa
gathered inside the statehouse saying the law could lead to big pay cuts. yesterday, president obama spoke out against it forcefully. 23 states, the ones in yellow, have the right-to-work laws. to pass in the state of michigan is a huge development. that is the heart of organized labor. a defeat there could signal trouble if unions across the nation. we have mike tobin from the capital in lansing. what is the status of the legislation? >>reporter: a bill regarding right-to-work for public sector employees is on the way to the governor's desk. a similar bill for private employees is hung up by a motion to reconsider which needs to be approved by the legislature falling on party lines. the motion will fail. it is a way of saying the bill related to private sector employees is on the way to the governor's desk but taking a longer time to get there. the democratic leadership will admit right-to-work is going to be a reality in the cradle of organized labor. >>shepard: what is the scene like? >>reporter: it is calmed down. there was a dustup earlier. there was only one other incident, a female
of connecticut and a statement from president obama in seven minutes. now a woman and her eight-year-old daughter, a student, both join us on the phone. brenda, as a mother, can you tell us about what you have learned. >>caller: well, when i first came home i assumed it was only the principal that was killed. then i found out that 26 people. i talked to some friends and there are children that are unaccounted for and they will not tell the parents where they are. that is all we know since i left the school. >> so there is a lot of confusion. that has been our experience with the story. your daughter is on the line, what grade are you in? >>caller: third grade. >> what happened at school? >>caller: we were about to have social studies and math we and heard big bangs, like got shots and miss martin went to lock the door and she told us to go in the corner and miss martin called 9-1-1 and they came. >> the his came? >>caller: yes. >> that is it right new. can you tell me about how you felt when that was happening? >>caller: i felt scared. and everyone was shaking. >> i am sure. it sounds like your t
and memorials are hemmed for the 26 people for those who died at sandy hook elementary school. president obama consoled the families and survivors telling a weeping crowd that he will use all the powers his office can bear to keep something like this from happening once again. >> the investigation continues. the tight knit community and everyone across the country trying to understand the "why." why a 20-year-old young man who was smart enough to take college courses at the age of 16 could commit such a heinous crime? why a well-to-do mother would have a collection of heavy duty weapons which police say her son used to shoot her in the head, four times, that morning, in her pajamas before he took the same guns to the school to kill innocent children. the guns were her way to connecting with her troubled son. >> she was trying to bond, find ways to bond with him and she told me the guns, she would take them shooting because that was a way a single mom could relate to her son. she would take him out shooting. >>reporter: family and friends describe the shooter as a socially awkward loner but the
president obama% name yesterday in the hopes of starting a discussion on guns and, today, the white house said that president obama does support her efforts. in response so far from many pro gun groups including the national rifle association. but fox has learned that can change. james is live in washington, dc. james? >> sources close to the issue say the national rifle association that has been silent since newtown from respect of the mourning will "push back against the vocal gun control lobby." industry sources say the n.r.a. will broaden the discussion to include hollywood and the gaming industry and the group will challenge the effort underway to restore the ban on assault weapons that existed from 1994 to 2004. gun advocates point out the columbine massacre carried out with assault weapons, occurred in the middle of the ban's life span. >> if you look at the data here, we ban this one time in 1994. if you look at the natural insurance institute of justice study on the ban, and the university study from the university of california berkeley, not pro gun right thought, there was no i
the talks between president obama and speaker boehner are going to go so they feel like with the country headed toward the fiscal cliff less than two weeks from now, this is the responsible act. right new, on the house of representatives floor, they are voting on the rules to proceed for a vote later this evening on this plan b. earlier today, the house majority leader is making his pitch for the backup plan. >> absent a balanced offer from the president, this is our nation's best option and senate democrats should take up both the measures immediately. the president has a decision to make, he can support the measures or be responsible for reckless spending and the largest tax hike in american history. >> we have heard that point from a lot of republicans making the pitch for the backup plan that if there is not a deal struck ten now and the end of the year you have taxes going up on everyone and they are bringing up the backup plan hoping it is a safety net in case the talks between the white house and top lawmakers on the hill does not work out. >>shepard: what are leaders in the senat
home. take control of your retirement today. ♪ ♪ >> president obama announced last night with barbara walters on world news tonight that the united states is recognizing the syrian opposition council as the sole representative of the syrian people, no more park bash. the interview last night, the whole interview, will air friday on 20/20 and the president joined 100 countries and organizations in putting the main opposition group on the path to becoming the only government in syria and if and when the rebels take out assad. >> we made a decision that the syrian opposition coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative to the syrian people in opposition to the assad regime so we will provide them recognition and obviously with that recognition comes responsibility on the part of that coalition. >>shepard: the civil war has killed more than 40,000 people in the last 20 months and it is still going on. syrian state television say a huge explosion hit the capital of damascus and the mi
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